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 Manette Fairmont  (20/21st century)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: conceptual abstract landscape painting

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Biography from The Fairmont Gallery:
Manette Fairmont received her Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from Principia College, Illinois and has studied abroad in England and Italy.  She has received numerous national awards for her paintings in national art exhibitions and has recently received a Gold Award, Best in Show, at the CWA National 2007 Exhibition.  Manette has also served as a fine art judge for many art exhibitions and has exhibited her work in many museum and national exhibitions.  Her work has been published in a selection of Fine Art Books: Best of Watercolor:Painting Composition, by Rockport Publishers, Best Of America Artists: Watercolor, Kennedy Publishing, and Creative Computer Tools for Artists, by Jann Pollard and Jerry Little, published by Watson Guptill.

Her paintings have been featured in several National Art Magazines: American Artist Magazine:Watercolor, International Artist Magazine and Artist Magazine.  She is an elected Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Honor Society, Watercolor West, and is now a "Master" Signature Member of the California Watercolor Association.


1981 Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors, Principia College, Illinois.
Studied Fine Arts in England under the sponsorship of Principia College. Recipient of the Studio Art Award for outstanding achievement for under Graduate work in Fine Art.

1996 Sonoma State University Watercolor Seminar in Florence, Italy: Instructor, Philip Bueller.


2007 Best of American Artists: Watercolor, 100 pages, Kennedy Publishing, April 2007.

2002 Artists Magazine, March Issue, Article: Abstract Painting and Composition.

2001 Creative Computer Tools for Artists. 80 Pages, Watson Guptill Publishers, October 2001.

2001 International Artists Magazine, April 2001 Issue. Article: National Award Winners.

2000 American Artist Watercolor Magazine, Winter 2000 Issue. Feature Article Titled: “Landscape Through A Prism: The Watercolors of Manette Fairmont by Michael P. Kinch.

1998 The Best of Watercolor: Abstraction. Rockport Publishers, Northlight books. First Edition.

1997 The Best of Watercolor: Composition. Rockport Publishers, Northlight Books. First Edition.  Full color, 75 page coffee table book. Featured painting called Valley Of The Moon.


2009 MCWA.  Elected with honors to the California Watercolor Association as Master Signature Member.  National Award Winner.

2003 WW. Elected with honors to the Watercolor West National Watercolor Society as Signature Member. National Award Winner.

2002 RMNW. Elected With Honors to the Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Society as Signature Member. National Award Winner.

2000 CWA. Elected with Honors to the California Watercolor Association as Signature Member. National Award Winner.

1999 WHS. Elected with Honors to the Springfield Art Museum National Honorary Watercolor Society
Two paintings purchased for museum collection. Signature Member. National Award Award Winner.

1993 NWS. Elected with Honors to the National Watercolor Society as Signature Member. National Award Winner.


2007 California Watercolor Association National Exhibition, First Place, "Best in Show" Juror: Carla O'Conner.  Painting titled: After the Storm.

2006 Watercolor West National Exhibition, Fifth Place, Juror: Barbra Nechis.  Painting titled: Around The Bend

2006 Watercolor USA National Museum Exhibit, Juror's Award, Juror: Daniel Pierse.  Painting titled: Morning Fog

2004 Watercolor USA National Watercolor Museum Exhibit: Jurors Award. Curator, Joseph Jacobs.  Painting titled: Brocade Wall

2003 Watercolor West National XXXV Watercolor Award: Third Place. Juror, Stephen Quiller.  Painting titled: Obsidian Terraine

2000 Watercolor West National XXXII Watercolor Award: Fourth Place, Watercolor West Founder Award, Juror, Christopher Schink. Painting: Three Corners.

2000 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition Award: Albina Clebsch Award for Non- Objective Work: Juror, Don Nice. Painting: Winter Coastline.

1999 Watercolor West National Watercolor Award: Windsor and Newton Purchase Award: Juror Dean Mitchell. Painting: Winter Coastline.

1999 Watercolor U. S. A., Springfield Art Museum, Jurors Award: Museum curator: William A. Fagal, Museum Curator of the New Orleans Fine Art Museum. Painting: Obsidian terrain.

1996 National Watercolor Society National Award: Alice Leonard Memorial Award.  William Wilson, Art Critic of the Los Angeles Times.  Painting: Valley of The Moon.

1996 California Watercolor Society National Award: Merit Award. Gerald Brommer, nationally renown watercolor painter and author. Painting: Gossamer Grove.

1993 Bronze Medal. Discovery Award: Works on Paper. Museum Curators throughout California.  Robert Barrett and Michael Botwinick. Portfolio of Watercolors.

1992 Silver Medal. Discovery Award: Works on Paper. Museum Curators: Henry Hopkins, Philip Linhares, Juanita Purner. Portfolio of Watercolors.


2009 California Watercolor Association National Exhibit, San Francisco, Juror: John Salminen.

2008 Watercolor Honor Society Invitational Museum Exhibit, Springfield Art Museum.

2007 California Watercolor Association National Exhibit, San Francisco, Juror: Carla O'Connor.

2006 Watercolor West National Exhibition XXXVIII, Riverside, Juror: Barbra Nechis.

2006 Watercolor USA National Museum Exhibit, Springfield Art Museum, Juror: Daniel Pierse.

2006 California Watercolor Association National Exhibit, San Francisco, Juror: Mel Stabin.

2004 Watercolor USA National Museum Exhibit, Springfield Museum of Art, MO. Juror: Joe Jacobs.

2003 Watercolor West National Museum Exhibit XXXVI, Riverside Museum of Art, Riverside CA. Juror: Steve Quiller.

2003 Watercolor USA National Museum Exhibit, Springfield Art Museum, MO. Juror: Shelly Langdale.

2003 Watercolor Now! 2003 Springfield Art Museum Invitational Exhibit. Springfield MO.

2002 Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Exhibit 29th Annual, Golden Colorado. Juror: Joyce Chin

2000 Watercolor West XXXII National Exhibit, Brea Cultural Center, Brea, CA. Juor: Christopher Schink.

2000 Rocky Mountain National 27th Annual, Foothills Art Center, Colorado. Juror: Don Nice.

2000 California Watercolor Association, 32nd National Exhibition, San Fransisco, CA. Juror: Al Brouillette

1999 Watercolor West National XXXI Exhibit, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California.Juror: Dean Mitchell

1999 American Watercolor Society 132nd International Juried Exhibition, New York City, NY.

1999 Watercolor U. S. A. National Museum Exhibition, Springfield Art Museum, Missouri. Juror: W. Fagaly

1998 Aqua Areas 1998 Watercolor Juried Exhibition, Santa Rosa, California. Juror: Judy Betts.

1997 Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Exhibition, Golden, Colorado. Juror: Pat San Soucie.

1996 National Watercolor Society 76th Exhibition, Los Angeles, California. Juror: Will iam Wilson Art Critic.

1996 Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Exhibition, Golden, Colorado. Juror: Dean Mitchell.

1996 California Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Concord, California. Juror: Gerald Brommer.

1995 National Watercolor Society 75th National Exhibition, Los Angeles. Juror: Keith Crown.

1994 California Museum of Art Annual Small Works Exhibit. Santa Rosa, CA. Juror: Cornelia schultz.

1994 California Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Walnut Creek, California. Juror: Mary Steward

1993 National Watercolor Society 73rd National Exhibit. Los Angeles. Juror: William D. Gorman.


2009 Redwood Artists Association Exhibit, Eureka CA. Annual Exhibition.

1998 The Bodega Bay Fishermans Art Festival, Bodega Bay, California. The Society of the Arts.

1994 Watercolor Invitational National Exhibition. California. Sponsored by the Fine Art Gallery Association.

1993 Small Works International Exhibit. Sonoma, California. Sponsored by the Artist Guild.


Marriott, The Lodge at Sonoma, Renaissance Hotel and Spa, Sonoma CA. 2 watercolors.

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield Missouri. 2 watercolors.

Universal Studios, MCA Home Box Office Executive Offices, Los Angeles, CA. 10 Acrylics

Hilton Hotel, San Francisco near Union Square, Executive Suites. 60 paintings.

Marriott Corporate Headquarters, Washington D.C. 6 watercolors.

Western Title Company, San Jose. 5 watercolors

Peat, Marwick , Mitchell, Sacramento. 4 watercolors

Sonoma Golf Club. Sonoma CA. 1 watercolors.


1989 -1999 Owner and Curator of The Fairmont Gallery, Sonoma, CA.. Representing Sonoma Artists.

1999 -present Nominated by the community to be elected as a Sonoma Treasure.

1990 -present Member of the Sonoma Art Alliance.

1994 -1996 Founding member of the Sonoma Gallery Association.

1993 -1994 President of the Sonoma Art Guild.

1993 -1994 Represented the art community for the school district,Task Force, to help improve the educational and art Curriculum within our schools.

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